January 30, 2013
The last time we left the fictional Nike Space Program (NSP) nearly a year ago in Orlando, our heroes had successfully launched into space on a mission to elevate the game to a greater galaxy. The collection was a celebration of the pinnacle players competing in basketball’s big weekend in Orlando and took inspiration from space exploration, featuring a galactic theme on the Lebron 9, Nike Zoom KD IV and the Nike Zoom Kobe VII System. The outsoles of this collection glowed in the dark and individual ‘mission patches’ adorned each shoe as a nod to the accolades astronauts receive.
After a sudden Big Bang in Orlando, it has been months without contact since they disappeared into space. All hope is not lost, as a transmission has just been received at Area 72 – a top-secret facility isolated in the depths of the desert in Houston, Texas.
Continuing the extra-terrestrial design inspiration established in the Nike Basketball collection for Houston, Nike Sportswear presents a top-secret collection of five shoes celebrating the best of basketball. Merging old-school models with new-age innovation, the premium collection includes the Nike Blazer Mid, Nike Vandal, Nike Lunar Force 1, Nike Barkley Posite Max and Nike Air Force Max 2013.
The collection celebrates the legacy of iconic Nike Basketball models of the past, now infused with galactic textures, reflectivity and glow-in-the-dark highlights. Developed deep within Area 72’s top-secret testing facility, the five-shoe collection features a custom galaxy print also featured on Nike Basketball’s performance shoes for Houston. The print appears on the collar lining of each shoe.
Since making its debut for Nike Basketball more than a decade ago, the Nike Raygun character is reincarnated on the tongue of each of these shoes. With its trademark jetpack and alien physique, the Raygun is ready to strike opponents with fury!
This top-secret Nike Sportswear collection is available beginning February 14th in limited quantities at select retail locations worldwide.